Top Ten Most Underrated Music Genres


The Top Ten

1 Classical

Classical is one of the most fundamental genres of music; the basis for all of the main ones today. It's complex mix of rhythm and notes makes for some of the most beautiful songs in existence. People need to work there way up to classical music. From the basics like pop to rock, then to more complex music like jazz and classical.

My explanation of why this is number 1: they inspired jazz artists which inspired early rock (Elvis, Chuck Berry etc) those inspired classic rock and so on. Basically if classical did not exist classic rock metal jazz blues wouldn't exist either.

I guess classical is just one of those genres that I have massive respect for, but don't like very much. As a guitarist, I an tell you this is one of the hardest genres to play. It is very technical and even I, a guitarist of four years, cannot play half of this genre. Classical deserves to be at the top.

Classical is the most underrated music genre ever - lovingicecreams

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2 Progressive Metal

I can understand Classical at number 1 but ALTERNATIVE OVER PROG? No, just no. Prog is an underrated genre that deserves a listen. Or two. Or five. - MusicalPony

Bands such as Animals as Leaders and Dream Theatre play very technical, interesting music that really needs more recognition.

Prog metal is so technical, no one really appreciates how hard it is to play good prog.

Dream Theater, Opeth, and even Iron Maiden to some extent. Just a few examples of amazing prog metal bands.

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3 Jazz

If people actually tried to listen deeply to jazz and understand the artist and composers feelings they wouldn't hate. Everyone disses jazz but they don't even give it a bloody try, they conform to society like the rest of everyone else

Not everyone who hates jazz is a conformist. Personally I don't like Jazz because it doesn't suit my music taste. However, Jazz drumming is an aspect that I enjoy from time to time, being a drummer myself. Honestly, that's why jazz lacks popularity, it's a musicians music. You don't study music / play an instrument, you probably don't like jazz. - Azerix

Jazz is seriously underrated. A lot of young people just don't want to give it a shot. I mean, I'm not hating on Rap, Metal, Pop, Rock or any other popular genre, as a matter of fact I listen to every one of those, but it seems like that's all most people want to listen to and they don't want to expand on their taste. Why not try out jazz, classical, orchestra, blues, ambient, new age, electronic, or any other unique genre out there. Seriously, if you at least give some of them a try, I guarantee you'll find something you like. Shoot, I even listen to the music from ' Cirque du Soliel, and why? Because it sounds GREAT! - Mcgillacuddy

No one understands jazz, they think because no one listens to it that its not good. The chord structure and harmony and happiness is far superior to other genres like pop and heavy metal

Metal was one of the worst examples you could have just picked seeing as though it doesn't amount to the technicality of jazz but is also more technical than most genres. Try rock and roll or something. - Azerix

Klezmer, Jazz, Swing, Blues. All underrated in my opinion. I recomend: Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Albert Collins.

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4 Alternative Rock Alternative Rock

Alternative is overrated. Everyone is always obsessing about how under rated it is but if so many people love it so much then it is not alternative anymore, nor is it under rated.

Alternative rock is awesome think of hole I don't like courtney loves music but I can't say her band is bad. Other alternative rock bands are awesome!

Most of the people from my school don't know what is alternative music! They only care about pop and rap. - SamuiNeko

Probably the most OVERRATED music genre... - somekindofaguy

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5 Progressive Rock Progressive Rock

If you haven't listened to Prog, you don't know what real music is. Prog Rock is great music, and should be liked more. Literally, Just listen to Genesis, Yes, Rush, King Crimson, Dream Theater, Jethro Tull, and you will enjoy Prog Rock. Some of my favorites include, Return of the Giant Hogweed (Genesis), Roundabout (Yes), 2112 (Rush), Thick as a Brick (Jethro Tull), Metropolis (Dream Theater), Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd), and Lamplight Symphony (Kansas).

Glad to see this spectacular genre made it into the Top 10 at last. A very underrated and overlooked genre. Difficult to get into at first, but when you "acquire the taste" for it (if that made you think of a large red tongue, you have a great taste in music) it's extraordinarily addictive and expands your imagination in infinite directions.

It's so underrated that it's not even in the top ten in this list. Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, and Rush! It really can't get any better than that. It requires such talent to play progressive rock.

Prog rock is awesome. I put it down because despite liking progressive rock and metal I find prog rock is slightly more underrated.

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6 Space Rock

Anyone ever heard of Pink Floyd?!

Nobody acknowledges how awesome space rock truly is! - HollyRolo

Pink Floyd, some of Tool's stuff, and Thirty Seconds To Mars' first album are all great space rock! - AngryByrd

Some songs from Pixies are kind of space rock - JCHOW

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7 Punk Rock Punk Rock

Punk music is real, if people would listen to it, they'd realize that. Like my friend won't listen to anything other than bubble gum pop.

Me plays emo
Friend covers ears before a single chord is played
Me plays punk
Friend covers ears before anything is done
Me plays indie rock
Friend runs away
Me plays indie rap
Friend whines for half an hour
Me plays indie pop
Friend devotes all energy into not giving it a single chance

Punk music had these things called instruments, and real voices, and angst, meaning. - ToptenPizza

My favorite punk band is Green Day. I love their song Basket Case- AnimeDrawer85

Punk rock has lost its touch over the years. I just wish bands like blink 182 will come back...

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8 Post-rock

I fell in love with this genre and I've been listening since short time ago

Post-rock is one of the best music genres.
Please check it out on 'the American dollar'.

"God Is an Astronaut, If These Trees Could Talk, Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky, Russian Circles, Long Distance Calling, 65daysofstatic, I Hear Sirens, Sleep Dealer" and many more... - Strobo

9 Electronic

Would definitely say so. My favourite genre. So sad that people don't appreciate the genius behind it all that well. Electronic musicians really put a lot of thought and time into making unique and brilliant sounds. They are truly gifted in their genre. - PositronWildhawk

In my whole school and this is a highschool by the way we took a survey on what music genres we new and electronic was like only 100 something kids while there like 1000s of us there

Electronic musics are the most hard to make and requires some really good person and not like some other bloke out there just born and started singing

Just listen to Daft Punk's around the world and Skrillex's Break n sweat (or Scary monsters and nice sprites)..then come back

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10 Technical Death Metal

Just like the other guy said, completely underrated. These guys are the most amazing musicians that you will ever see. They Incorporate blues, jazz and classical music into the style and take it further. Bias people always say it's noise. I would love to see them pick up the guitar or get behind the drum kit and play like these guys. Problem is, people are like sheep. They don't know what they are missing. They would rather not educate themselves and actually take the time to really listen to what each instrument is doing. Metal is the biggest genre of music in the world and people don't know that.

The Newcomers

? Ambient Pop

The Contenders

11 Indie Rock

Indie rock is the absolute pinnacle of music, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, etc. Are just some of the big names in indie rock, it's huge worldwide (Arctic Monkeys are even the MOST popular band in Britain right now) yet a lot of people have never even HEARD of Indie Rock...

Fun., Imagine Dragons, and Arctic Monkeys are all indie rock...that doesn't do them popular favors. - WonkeyDude98

Imagine dragons, arctic monkeys, arcade fire, Kasabian, and more!

Indie rock is very very underrated. the artists can't even gather good crowds in their concerts - zxm

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12 Ambient

Really good for studying, and it get's your head in the game and motivated when you need it. Also ambient songs are really long so you never run out. Also most Ambient songs are really good.

13 Chillstep

Hardly anyone knows what chillstep is. It's chillout/dubstep. And that may sound counter-intuitive, but it's incredible. The dubstep atmosphere is completely changed to give one an aural massage, and the result is often soothing, haunting and beautifully harmonic all at once. - PositronWildhawk

Okay this is actually one of my favorite genres because it's very relaxing and it can spark a listeners' imaginations - Mcgillacuddy

Chillstep is beautifully haunting and will send shivers down your spine

Chill out music mixed with Dubstep is so cool. - DynastiNoble

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14 Disco

Disco is definitely underrated and unappreciated! The songs are full of life, making me happy to be alive and move my feet to the instrumental music; it's a shame that Metal music and most of the fan base(referring to the type of fans that go and post "LOLZ DICCO sucks AZZ LITEN 2 METAL! 3! 1! " Or "Glad that dicco dyes, daer musuz is uh joke. Meatl or dye! &" Not that sane fans) I'll admit, I hate metal: the songs are overrated and too angry. And mainstream pop music is this a as terrible as meta

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15 Rock and Roll Rock and Roll Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1950s . The genre really got popular in the 60s, 70s and 80s . It generally consists of a guitar player, a drummer, bass player and singer . There are a lot of rock subgenres .

If this about 50s rock n roll then yes its underrated.But if its about the Rock genres then it isn't underrated a bit. - zxm

I know so many different Rock n'Roll bands. They are amazing. They actually playinstruments and use their real voice.

Since there is no traditional or 80's metal, I guess this is the closest. Most underrated band of the 80's RATT, great musicanship, great songs, good writing. RATT 'N' ROLL...

16 Gospel

Love every gospel songs they are underrated - paasadani

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17 Experimental Rock
18 Nu Metal

Truth be told, this is my least favorite genre

This is one of my favorite metal subgenre (yes, I know, I love what people hate) - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

It's kinda understated now cause of pop and scremo metal taking the spotlight. Some like Korn kept up with mainstream by making a dubstep album (don't ask why) and Linkin Park became pop. Limp Bizkit is kinda more rap. And Slipknot got softer in Vol 3 and a little harder on AHIG but their new one now may be heavier. I hope

Nu Metal isn't underrated - zxm

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19 Symphonic Metal

Symphonic metal is truly epic. That's seriously how it's described. Epic movie trailer soundtrack? Symphonic/Symphonic metal. Nightwish is truly an amazing group. Simply beautiful.

Truly beautiful complex music mixing classical music with metal. Heaven

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20 Blues Blues

I honestly prefer blues over metal because of the sheer soul put into it. Actually, without the blues, there would've been no such thing as rock and metal today - Mcgillacuddy

More people should try to listen to the Blues because it's great. - Rambles

Best genre if you are lonely. My favourite is Wes Montgomery! - Strobo

Rock has developed from blues
Blues has some of the best musicians in the world
I really like it because it's relaxing and there are a lot of great guitarists
My favourite bluesman is Stevie Ray Vaughan, try to listen to his songs - Rocker00

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